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FOREIGN COMMENT
Putin's unpopular party slated for election win
September 17, 2021 - 12:00am
When polls open Friday in Russia's parliamentary elections, few voters would bet against an easy win for the ruling United Russia party, even though it is more unpopular now than ever before.
Calls for unity as divided US marks 20th anniversary of 9/11
September 13, 2021 - 12:00am
America marked the 20th anniversary of 9/11 Saturday with pleas for unity at solemn ceremonies given added resonance by the messy withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan and return to power of the Taliban.
Biden wants Afghan exit to end US global cop role
September 9, 2021 - 12:00am
"America is back," goes President Joe Biden's catchphrase, but his unapologetic exit from Afghanistan shows America won't be back to business as usual.
Once embracing, Turkey turns on migrants
September 8, 2021 - 12:00am
Ghawsuddin Mubariz was already spending restless nights worrying about being sent back to Afghanistan when a stadium full of Turkish football supporters broke into a chant calling for migrants to go home.
South Korea successfully launches homegrown SLBM: report
September 8, 2021 - 12:00am
South Korea has test-fired a homegrown submarine-launched ballistic missile, a report said Tuesday, as it seeks to build up its forces to defend itself from the nuclear-armed North.
Afghan crisis cements Qatari global influence
September 6, 2021 - 12:00am
Political leaders have flocked to Doha and some countries have moved their Kabul embassies to Qatar, all praising their host for its key role in the airlift out of the Afghan capital.
Taliban show off US plunder as first flight lands in Kabul since pullout
September 3, 2021 - 12:00am
The Taliban on Wednesday paraded some of the military hardware they captured during their takeover of Afghanistan, as a team from Qatar landed at the trashed airport in Kabul a first step towards getting the facility...
Taliban celebrate defeating the United States
September 1, 2021 - 12:00am
The hardline Islamist Taliban celebrated their total return to power on Tuesday with gunfire and diplomacy, after the last US troops flew out of Afghanistan to end two decades of war.
Iraq's Mosul struggles to rebuild without funds
August 30, 2021 - 12:00am
Iraqi shopkeeper Ahmad Riad is busy again serving customers at a Mosul market four years after the city was destroyed in battles against jihadists, but he still awaits war reparations.
Harris accuses China of 'intimidation' in disputed seas
August 25, 2021 - 12:00am
Vice President Kamala Harris accused China on Tuesday of intimidation in disputed Asian waters, seeking to rally regional allies as the United States' superpower status takes a hit in Afghanistan.
US tells citizens to avoid Kabul airport due to 'security threats'
August 23, 2021 - 12:00am
The United States on Saturday urged its citizens in Afghanistan to avoid traveling to Kabul airport, citing "potential security threats" near its gates.
Was the Taliban win inevitable?
August 19, 2021 - 12:00am
The swift collapse of the Afghan government has reinforced President Joe Biden's argument that nothing more could have been done. But was the Taliban's victory inevitable?
Hong Kong group behind huge democracy rallies disbands
August 16, 2021 - 12:00am
The Hong Kong protest coalition that organized record-breaking democracy rallies two years ago said Sunday it was disbanding in the face of China's sweeping clampdown on dissent in the city.
Keeping Earth cool: Is the 1.5C target 'mission impossible'?
August 12, 2021 - 12:00am
Can humanity drag down greenhouse gas emissions fast enough to prevent Earth's surface from warming more than 1.5 degrees Celsius above mid-19th century levels?
Thousands flee as Taliban eye full control of Northern Afghanistan
August 11, 2021 - 12:00am
The Taliban were in control of six Afghan provincial capitals on Tuesday after a blitz across the north that forced tens of thousands of people to flee their homes for the relative safety of Kabul and other cen...
#HelpTurkey: Hashtag sparks culture war over Turkish fires
August 9, 2021 - 12:00am
It looked innocent enough.
End tax breaks for gaming firms, says Chinese state media
August 6, 2021 - 12:00am
China should end tax breaks for gaming companies as they have grown into global firms, a state-backed newspaper said Thursday, in the latest threat to the multi-billion sector to drift out through state-controlled...
New Iranian president to take oath before parliament
August 6, 2021 - 12:00am
New President Ebrahim Raisi takes the oath before parliament Thursday, with Iran facing an economy battered by US sanctions, a grinding health crisis and thorny negotiations on its nuclear program.
The evolution of climate science
August 5, 2021 - 12:00am
What if Earth's atmosphere was infused with extra carbon dioxide, mused amateur scientist Eunice Foote in an 1856 research paper that concluded the gas was very good at absorbing heat.
Lebanese officials 'criminally negligent' over port blast: HRW
August 4, 2021 - 12:00am
Human Rights Watch on Tuesday accused Lebanese authorities of criminal negligence for failing to secure a shipment of hazardous chemicals that caused last year's monster port blast, despite repeated warnings.
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